In the age of technology where people interact through some metal device, theater is real. It is people watching other people tell a story. There are no filters, no retakes, but truly live.
“It’s that we found a story worth telling. That being able to make something that wouldactually affect somebody. Someone we’ve never met but for two hours we can have a dialogue with that person, speak to them, and maybe, just maybe, illuminate a small part of their world, by telling a story in ours” (One Tree Hill).
Although a cheesy tv show, it eloquently stated why people enjoy theater. It’s pure magic when two people standing on stage pretending to be someone else affects you and forces you to have shared experience with the others sitting in the audience. There is a sense of community and realization when the two worlds collide.
Theater gives the invisible a voice and helps them to understand their world. For those involved it is about passion – passion for the art form and curiosity about the world around them. “When life beats down and crushes the soul, art reminds you that you have one” (Stella Adler, acclaimed acting teacher, 1900s).
Like literature or film, theater allows you to experience other cultures, different points of views, and learn something new. You can sing and dance your way to a family, cry over a forbidden love, understand the difficulties of being a refugee, learn about the perils of war. For two hours you can be whoever you want to be. “Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom” (Gustave Flaubert, playwright/novelist 1800s).
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